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Re: “UPDATE: Local prof responds to Ferguson: Don't mess with the cops

Actually, as a child I was taught to go to the police officer for help - not to fear them.

As a young person during the Viet Nam conflict I watched as police departments provoked students and others protesting against American involvement in that conflict. The kids did not even have to be protesting - just congregated in a park listening to music and being kids. The police would arrive and start walking around in the crowd and taunt those with long hair or bell bottoms. If the kids responded to the taunts the police would use that as an excuse to rough them up and arrest them.

It is very unsettling to see the new footage from Ferguson, Missouri this week and realize we have learned nothing from past conflicts.

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Posted by rms on 08/19/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Local prof responds to Ferguson: Don't mess with the cops

What Dutta is saying is what many of us were taught as kids: If a cop directs you to do something, unless it is a matter of injury or death, you should do it. You can always file a complaint later. Doesn't matter what race or ethnicity you are, just follow instructions and things are a lot more likely to turn out OK.

BTW, if you riot, loot, and vandalize and the cops break out tear gas and batons -- don't go blaming the cops. Lay the blame on the person in the mirror.

Oh, and hasn't the autopsy shown the Brown was shot in the front and a video capture a bystander stating that Brown was charging at the officer?

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Posted by Dave H on 08/19/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Poll apparently shows mayor's opinion on stormwater doesn't matter

City counsel is wrong it is a tax and they are dazzling you with B.S. Why are they needing a force, it is so they can fill there chest with our dough for pet projects. Also people who have not been here long need too really check the agenda's out before voting. Because when you let this happen it does not go away and could keep increasing year after year. Also we should not be paying for other communities that have their own governments.

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Posted by B.B. on 08/19/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Utilities gets good review from employees

The survey team did not do a thorough job. I have worked at CSU for a while. Employees are reluctant to express their concerns, issues, etc. There is fear of retaliation. There is a very hostile work environment. We are doing more with less. I do not think the officer team/leadership team has a clue to what is really going on. Employees are extremely burned out. People do not take their breaks so that they do not fall further behind on their work. It is a very hostile work environment. There is back stabbing, secrecy, unethical behavior, and many others. Instead or promoting within CSU, they spend time and money, flying applicants out for interviews . There are times when they are 2nd and 3rd interviews which is paid for by our rates. Is there no one in Colorado Springs who can supervise people? Do they need to waste money and time on multiple interviews. These are supervisors not managers or CEO. It is very frustrating for employees when they hire someone from outside the organizations who is completely clueless and we use more of our time to train them which puts us further behind on our work.

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Posted by Helene on 08/19/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone?

How could "safety" be a reason the FAA is preventing commercial UAV use when the only difference between commercial and hobby use is the exchange of money in the former? Will someone trying to make a living really take greater risks than someone with only the UAV to lose?

Posted by GrayBeard on 08/18/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Dave, yes, there is a history of sorts between the two parties. Fishy stuff.

Thomas, thank you for your perspective. I still differ with you on the matter.

I do smell the fingerprints of an agenda. It could very well be derived from the Koch's ideology of hating public employees; their agenda is 100% behind the recent contracting out of the city auto mechanics to SERCO. Steve Bach took Koch money to get elected; Steve Bach now dances with the Koch devil to get rid of public employees.

The Kochs viciously HATE public employee and their unions; Koch front groups work tirelessly in many states to eliminate them, without remorse for the affected people. Koch's meddle in local school board matters to destroy unions as witnessed in recent school board elections in Douglas and Jefferson counties. Those guys are seriously out to take a sledgehammer to our governments at all levels.

The Kochs and others feel that EVERY city or state service should be 100% self supporting, i.e, even a mentally or physically handicapped minimum wage worker should pay the FULL cost of riding a bus to work, even if it would require fares twice as high. I'm not aware of ANY city in the world where public transit is 100% self supporting, i.e., some tax money supports the development and operation of ALL such systems. Still, people like the Kochs, the TEA Party and others insist on social darwinism, i.e., let the old, poor and helpless simply starve and die, and there's no way in hell those wealthy bastards will allow a "living wage" where such a bus rider could indeed pay full fare if they had to.

So, back to LART which is an advisory-only group with no real power, so it's a sure bet their working processes are dictated to them by City Council (CC).

It challenges credulity that LART self-generated the "impact reporting" requirement. There's a 99.99% probability that someone in the CC or Mayor's office invented this rule. WHY?

Just as contracting out our auto mechanics was NOT a local, self generated brainstorm; adding the impact reporting requirement to LART's processes almost certainly has a hidden proponent, be it one of the wealthy backers or someone who has it in for the balloon classic.

My suspicion about Anschutz stems from how such billionaires work. When it comes to big money, big money types are ruthless. They brook NO competition. Anschutz has bought up just about everything in this town that entertains, save for Pikes Peak Center, the Fine Arts Center, the Skysox and the UCCS theater group. He's bought up the Broadmoor, the Gazette rag, World Arena, Norris Penrose, Pikes Peak Cog railway and probably other stuff. I've no doubt he's got his eye on building and running the replacement to the Drake Power plant to go along with his other energy initiatives. It may be a long shot, but siccing the LART on the balloon classic is just the sort of ruthless nonsense that goes on in mega-money citadels.

If LART needed a financial impact statement why would they demand it from the event promoter to send you something that is a guess or a total fiction. LART should develop it's own methodology and perform a city-generated impact statement process for events.

Bottom line for me is that someone made LART add the reporting requirement and they did it for a reason. Follow the Money. Hold your nose pal. I smell fish.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/18/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

"Parks Director Karen Palus says the posted announcement caught her by surprise, "

How can this be a surprise after last year's fiasco? Hell, the Balloon Classic and the city have been doing this dance about fees and procedures since 2005. Surprised, my @$$. They'd have to have their heads buried in the sand (or elsewhere) to actually have been surprised.

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Posted by Dave H on 08/18/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Duh: Colorado is full of Californians, Texans and New Yorkers

Serious issues with how this data was tallied. If a person was born in say Texas, but moved to Oregon when he was 6 month old and stayed there until he was 30 and then moved to Colorado, this survey counts him as a Texan even though the majority of the influences during his life came from Oregon and he will tend to think and act more as an Oregonian than a Texan. Conversely, a person born in Oregon, but moved tro Texas at age 6 and raised with Texas influences through to adulthood, would be counted as an Oregonian despite have a Texas outlook on things.

BTW, people leave California for one of several reasons including 1) to escape the idiocy, 2) to expand the idiocy, 3) because the military ordered them to come here. Let's not assume that everyone who moves here from California falls under #2.

Posted by Dave H on 08/17/2014 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

A little history of this event, it used to be an organization that raised funds for local non-profits. Somewhere along the way it ended up in the hands of a private business, I would like a reporter look up how this happened and write an article.

A don't see the mayor or the city council or Anschutz or the Koch brothers having anything to do with this new requirement, if any of the haters out there can show that it does, please do, truth trumps all.

The city gives money to the Balloon Classic, not the other way around as some seem to think.

The only difference between this year and last is the requirement to furnish an economic impact statement. This is something that everyone can do, even if it's a "guesstimation", the Balloon Classic has "chosen" not to.

The C.S. Independent has an article from February 2014 that says the Balloon Classic announced it will be in Canon City in 2015. Are they dealing with the City of Colorado Springs in good faith?

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Posted by Thomas Lee DuDash on 08/17/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone?

Technically the aircraft called a "drone" is autonomous, no pilot is involved, remote or otherwise. They fly a preset course or have terrain avoidance capability. An example are the target drones used by the military.

The items that are mistakenly being called drones are RPV (Remotely Piloted Vehicle) or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). In the case of the stuff that most individuals buy and fly, they are simply RC (Remote Control) aircraft, which have been around for decades. What we are seeing more and more of these days are quad-copter, hexa-copter, and octo-copter RC aircraft. These days we are also seeing more and more of these RC aircraft with FPV (First Person View) capability; however, it is illegal to fly the RC aircraft using only this mode.

Posted by Dave H on 08/17/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Ray K: Thank you. I've read it and see that LART is just an advisory group that reports to city council and as such the council can ignore anything LART suggests as it is free to do for any of the advisory councils like the one on transportation.

Here's a key section: "LART's purpose is to attract visitors and to enhance the economy of the City and the Pikes Peak region. Revenues not obligated under the terms of any contract entered into pursuant to Section 7-6-111 hereof may be used for the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of public works or public improvements which constitute in part visitor or tourist attractions...."

So far so good. But what LART funds are typically used on behalf of the classic? Is it for all the police that are needed for traffic control? Trash pickup? What else could it be?

Something is fishy. There's nothing in that link about quantifying any "impacts" so I just have to wonder what byzantine scheming is going on in Bach's playground. How would the classic people even be able to define the impacts? How would they even know how many hotel rooms, tanks of gasoline, restaurant meals, clothing sales, souvenir sales, side trips up Pikes Peak or Royal Gorge, sales tax collections, etc are generated by visitors to the balloon classic. Fishy. Something fishy going on, nothing like this happens without there being an angle being played by one or more pols. Nothing like this happens by sheer coincidence. I smell fish.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/16/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

@OldCrank, here is a very brief description of the LART advisory committee's duties during their 2-3 meetings / year to assign the projected revenue from the following year:

https://www.springsgov.com/units/boardscom…

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Posted by RayK on 08/16/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

If the balloon classic isn't an Anschutz-owned-or-approved entertainment event the only thing to do is have the city guv'mint kill it so it can't compete against the glories of Anschutz, Inc. Or am I picking on the wrong "invisible hand" in the marketplace?

Definition of "invisible hand": flows of cash, under tables, in dark rooms, known jokingly as campaign contributions, in sums unlimited by the highest court in the land.

Or is this a Koch-inspired agenda to not spend a nickel of guv'ment dough on anything the little people might enjoy? Am I the only one fed up with billionaires pulling the strings on the smiling/leering political puppets? Just another day in conservative paradise....now all you ants get back to work, scurrying to and fro on the ant-hills of minimum wage luxury.

I'm sure Lisa wrote facts, but what does it MEAN that "LART funds are distributed from an appointed committee." WHY does that matter? HOW does it play in this matter? Do any of us understand how the city's LART works?

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/16/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Abbie the Balloon classic has always been Labor day weekend. I personally think its a shame to lose such a neat event. Maybe if they put the Broadmoors name on it the Mayor would speak up.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 08/16/2014 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

The LART 2015 application deadline was June 30th. When did the LART committee add economic impact to application? The organizer must have known for months now that they wouldnt be seeking City of Cos financial assistance. The Classic was either told 2015 City funding most likely would not be awarded or another City is offering better financial commitment. LART funds are distributed from an appointed committee.

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Posted by lisaczelatdko on 08/16/2014 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Adding a date of the last Balloon event in Colorado Springs would be very helpful. Oh, and thanks for posting articles to website without demanding a survey be taken first. =}

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Posted by Abbie's Corner on 08/15/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Rally tonight at City Hall for #Ferguson

What occurred in Ferguson amounts to nothing less than a racist riot by the St. Louis County police directed against the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/15/2014 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

Interesting that the Colorado Springs communications office is on every website spreading the city's spin on this disaster.

Pretty soon the mayor and his cronies will have chased everyone out so they can lord over a city filled only with maids, waiters, and souvenir sellers that exist only to service the Broadmoor and its sponsored attractions.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 08/15/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

The Colorado Springs Balloon Classic says it will leave the city after this year's festival due to "politics within the city" and "increasingly rigid special events procedures."

Buhh..but....the GOP is all for cutting red tape, getting guvmint off the backs of job creators and letting the free market prevail.... bwahahahahahaha

Welcome to tea party paradise! Or is it fool's paradise? Or is it both?

That crunching sound you hear is your car's suspension crumbling on another pothole...

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/15/2014 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Balloon Classic to leave Springs

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Posted by Staci6 on 08/15/2014 at 5:31 PM

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